For Gloomy Times, New Products for the Home

With all the dismal economic news, it might feel strange to think about buying more stuff. But at this year's International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago, from Mar. 22-24, more than 2,000 exhibitors from 30 countries are aiming to persuade you (or the retailers that'll sell to you) to do just that. They're showing off new wares for the home that are designed to make life easier—or perhaps just a little more stylish.

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